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A fast craft with at least 160 passengers aboard ran aground off Talisay in Cebu province Thursday evening.
The Philippine Coast Guard sent small craft and rubber boats to the area to rescue the passengers, radio dzBB reported.
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo was quoted in the report as saying the vessel, the MV Weesam Express 7, ran aground at about 6:40 p.m. Thursday.
Sketchy initial reports indicated the accident occurred about 1.5 nautical miles off Talisay.
The report also said the vessel came from Ormoc, Leyte and was headed for Cebu. — ELR, GMA News